How come defenseless civilians have been targeted?
Where is the regional government or federal government?
As I had spoken to Ahmed who told us not to reveal his last name. Ahmed is an Oromo living in his own region but he his brother was one of the people killed in Mieso, Oromia by Issa militia and Liyu police who are working together to expand their lands. I asked me on what basis did the attack start and he responded by telling us that the Issa in that area who are Somali tribe want to expand into Oromia regional state’s Mieso which belongs to Oromia on the basis of 2004 referendum.
A total of 53 people lost their lives and many are still hiding afraid that the Liyu police along with the Issa militia may kill them. Just like the previous border attacks, this attack is nothing but genocide. This is an act to kill the natives on the land and take over the land. The same brutal attacks the Somali regional state did on Oromos along the eastern border keeps repeating itself. This isn’t a border war rather a simple case of misdiagnosed genocide. Ahmed isn’t the only one who told me the same story, there is “Galato” who also had his mother and sister killed in Mieso, Oromia.
What Galato said is that the Somalis are trying to take-over just like in Afar region where the Issa have expanded. They are trying to take over and change the demographics of the zone at any cost which includes killing Oromos if it means they will leave. The questions we keep asking is why isn’t the federal government not defending the innocent people that are being slaughtered on their land? The 2004 referendum places Mieso, Oromia under Oromia but that doesn’t matter, the Ethiopian constitution gives all Ethiopians the right to live anywhere. Isn’t enough just enough; how many more Oromos have to be killed before federal government and Oromia regional state to act?
For now the genocide has been exposed, it’s up-to our regional and federal government to fix this mess before more people are slaughtered by the expansionists of Somali region.